March 28, 2012 12:00 AM
JetBlue spokeswoman Allison Steinberg said Wednesday that the pilot, 49-year-old Clayton Osbon of Georgia, was taken off active duty as federal officials investigate Tuesday’s mid-air incident aboard JetBlue Flight 191.
1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports
Passengers wrestled Osbon to the ground after he began ranting about Afghanistan, terrorism and bombs as a co-pilot shut him out of the cockpit and took command of the flight.
Passengers say they first noticed something wrong when Osbon came out of the cockpit, didn’t close the door and tried to force his way into an occupied bathroom.
The captain’s co-workers tried to calm him as he became more jittery, coaxing him to the back of the plane while making sure, above all, that he didn’t get back near the plane’s controls.
What happened next was then caught on camera as the captain had to be restrained by passengers after he began walking the aisle, screaming “They’re going to take us down!” and urging confused passengers to pray.
“He was yelling and screaming, seemed like he was having a panic attack,” passenger Grant Heppes said "
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